SPECIAL REPORT: Wal-Mart Embraces Controversial Causes: Bid to Appease Liberal Interest Groups Will Likely Fail, Hurt Business

Published in 2006 and updated in 2008, “Wal-Mart Embraces Controversial Causes: Bid to Appease Liberal Interest Groups Will Likely Fail, Hurt Business” was written by NLPC Director of Policy John Carlisle. Click here or its cover to the right to download the 24-page pdf version.

The Report details Wal-Mart’s journey from a company that embodied Sam Walton’s bedrock values to a powerful instrument of the political Left. The premise of the Report, that Wal-Mart cannot successfully satisfy anti-business activists, has been confirmed during the current fight over the so-called Employee Free Choice Act. Union-funded activists continue to harass and smear the company for its opposition to “card check.”

The Report has gotten noticed. Carlisle was a guest on Neil Cavuto’s show on the Fox News Channel on February 9, 2007, apparently prompting an appearance on the same show by then-Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott to respond. The June 9, … Read More ➡

The Case Against Slave Reparations

Reparations coverThis 48-page monograph was written by NLPC President Peter Flaherty and NLPC Director of Policy John Carlisle. First published in 2004, it was extensively updated in 2008. NLPC recently gave permission to Cengage Learning to reprint pages 18-20 in a forthcoming book titled Global Viewpoints: Slavery.

Click here or on the cover to the right to download the pdf version.

NLPC is a critic of banks that caved in to pro-reparations activists.  JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wachovia and now-defunct Lehman Brothers “apologized” for alleged links to slavery.

In 2007, NLPC sponsored a JPMorgan Chase shareholder proposal that addressed the issue. The resolution was presented by Deneen Borelli, a Fellow of Project 21, an African-American leadership project.

The resolution read:

Resolved: Shareholders request JPMorgan Chase & Co. management to report to shareholders by October 1, 2007, at a reasonable cost and excluding confidential information, descriptions of initiatives

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SPECIAL REPORT: How the Federal Government Subsidizes AARP

AARP report coverPublished in January 2007, this Special Report by John Carlisle examined taxpayer support for AARP. The study found that federal funding accounted for $83 million, or about 10 percent, of AARP’s annual revenue of $878 million. AARP’s total assets are worth $1.6 billion. Click here to download Report.

On February 7, 2007, NLPC sent a coalition letter to then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert asking Congress to end all federal subsidies to AARP.

The letter was signed by Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform; Paul Weyrich, National Chairman of Coalitions for America; Jim Martin, President of 60 Plus; J. William Lauderback, Executive Vice President of American Conservative Union; Thomas Schatz, President of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; Lewis Uhler, President of the National Tax-Limitation Committee; Terrence Scanlon, President of Capital Research Center; and Mary M. Martin, Chairman of the Board of the Seniors Coalition.

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SPECIAL REPORT: The Authoritarian Roots of Corporate Diversity Training: Jane Elliott’s Captive Eyes and Minds

Diversity report coverPublished in July 2007, the report compares “diversity training” to thought control. Click here or on the cover to the right to download the 16-page pdf version.

“Diversity training” is a term that describes a brief, but intensive program of lectures, presentation of written and audio-visual materials, and perhaps most ominously, participation in role-playing exercises, all of which are intended to heighten employee awareness of potential sources of racial and ethnic conflict. The report argues that diversity training is counterproductive and instead results in weakened company morale and increased racial resentment.

Carl F. Horowitz, director of NLPC’s Organized Labor Accountability Project and the study’s author, observes:

Even in mild form, diversity training is manipulative and abusive, creating a double standard in which blacks and other nonwhite employees can criticize or complain about whites, but whites can never answer in their own defense.

That CEOs and other corporate officials not

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SPECIAL REPORT: Soros Groups Receive Taxpayer Funds

Published in September 2007, this Special Report by John Carlisle is subtitled “State Department Collaborates in Skirting U.S. Law Against Promoting Drug Use and Prostitution.” The Report is based on documents obtained by NLPC through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Between 2001 and 2007, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded grants totaling $18.3 million to the Open Society Institute, the Soros Foundation Kazakhstan and the Alliance for Open Society International, all Soros-affiliated groups.

Click here or on the cover to the right to download a 12-page pdf version.

The Soros groups receive American taxpayer funds for the ostensible purpose of fighting AIDS in Central Asian countries. The programs, however, appear to reflect Soros’ social and political views in their administration. The groups operate needle exchange programs for drug users and provide “outreach” to prostitutes.

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Boeing Shareholder Proposal Targets ‘Golden Parachutes’

NLPC is a critic of the ethical climate fostered by Boeing’s management. In 2003, NLPC exposed the Boeing tanker deal scandal, sending two Boeing executives to prison, and saving taxpayers at least $4-5 billion.  In 2005, the Army announced that it would renegotiate Boeing’s contract for Future Combat Systems after NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm testified before a Senate committee that the contract exempted Boeing from virtually all statutes dealing with waste, fraud and abuse.

NLPC has also protested Boeing’s financial support for Jesse Jackson’s groups and its sponsorship of an 2006 event featuring Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan.

The resolution reads:

RESOLVED: that the shareholders of Boeing (“the Company”) urge the Board of Directors to seek shareholder approval of future severance agreements with senior executives that provide benefits in an amount exceeding 200% of the sum of the executives’ base salary plus bonus.

“Severance agreements” include any agreements or

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Sharpton Fined $285K by FEC as Result of NLPC Complaint

SharptonAl Sharpton and his group, the National Action Network (NAN), have been fined $285,000 by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for violating a host of election laws during Sharpton’s 2004 presidential campaign during which he received 2% of the Democratic primary vote.

NLPC, which filed Complaints against Sharpton on February 2, 2004 and February 6, 2004, was notified of the FEC action last week and made it public today. As NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm was quoted in the New York Post today:

We are pleased that the FEC has ruled on our Complaint and found that Sharpton ran an “off the books’ presidential campaign.

Previously, the FEC ordered Sharpton to return $100,000 in taxpayer matching funds, and denied him an additional $79,000 for which he qualified, for the 2004 campaign.

Also previously, Sharpton was fined $5,500 for late filing of disclosure documents reports as a result of a separate Complaint … Read More ➡